US Open 2020, Quarter-finals, Tennis Highlights: Pablo Carreno Busta to face Alexander Zverev in last-four; Naomi Osaka vs Jennifer Brady in semis

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US Open 2020, Quarter-finals, Tennis Highlights: Pablo Carreno Busta to face Alexander Zverev in last-four; Naomi Osaka vs Jennifer Brady in semis



Sept 09, 2020 - 10:45 (IST)

That's it from us folks!

What a day of tennis we've had, from Alex Zverev's incredible comeback against Borna Coric, to Naomi Osaka's dominant display over Shelby Rogers and Pablo Carreno Busta's exhausting win! Tune back in tomorrow as we bring you all the latest updates, the live score and more from day 2 of the US Open quarter-finals!

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:41 (IST)

Pablo Carreno Busta speaks after the match:

I'm physically destroyed, but I'm very very happy. After this type of a fight, after this type of battle, it's hard to say anything. I'm glad to be back in the semi-finals again.

I think I'm very comfortable on hard courts. When I play in America, I feel at home.

The last few months have been very tough for everyone, with coronavirus. I've worked really hard though, and I think when you put in the work, it shows. Maybe not in the first tournament or the second one, but it shows.

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:36 (IST)

Game, Set, Match: Carreno Busta 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 6-3

Pablo Carreno Busta is through to the US Open semi-finals, where he will face Alexander Zverev! Carreno Busta was tested to the limits of his endurance by Denis Shapovalov, but in the end, the Spaniard's patient, conservative style of play came out trumps. 

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:34 (IST)

Carreno Busta* 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 5-3 Shapovalov (*denotes server)

Carreno Busta will have to wait for one more game, at the very least, as Denis Shapovalov holds serve. It was tight there for a while, with Carreno Busta 30-0 up, but Shapovalov did really really well to fight back.

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:30 (IST)

Carreno Busta 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 5-2 *Shapovalov (*denotes server)

Carreno Busta is only one game away from the semi-finals! The Spaniard consolidates with ease, and in this topsy-turvy, never quite one way traffic match, he has the momentum when it counts most, right at the end, right when he needed it. Denis Shapovalov has been an absolute gladiator tonight, but can he find that extra little spurt of energy inside him to make a comeback? He serves to stay in the match.

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:26 (IST)

Carreno Busta* 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 4-2 Shapovalov (*denotes server)

Shapovalov double-faults at the worst possible time! His service is broken by Carreno Busta in the fifth and final set, and the Spaniard is now only a couple of games away from the US Open semi-finals!

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:21 (IST)

Carreno Busta 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 3-2 *Shapovalov (*denotes server)

These two are really going to take us all the way to the end aren't they? It's been a completely superhuman effort from these two, they're still slugging away after nearly four hours of incredible, unbelievable action! Carreno Busta holds serve to make it 3-2 in the final set. 

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:17 (IST)

Carreno Busta* 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 2-2 Shapovalov (*denotes server)

Shapovalov draws first blood in the game after Carreno Busta skews a return. He then doubles his tally with a blistering ace! After Carreno Busta claws back a point, Shapovalov shows his quality with an excellent rally and a cross-court winner, before sealing the hold.

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:13 (IST)

Carreno Busta 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 2-1 *Shapovalov (*denotes server)

How is Carreno Busta even moving at this point? He looked spent in the last set, but he's seemingly back to his normal fitness levels already. The Spaniard holds serve!

Sept 09, 2020 - 10:11 (IST)

Carreno Busta* 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4). 0-6, 1-1 Shapovalov (*denotes server)

Shapovalov holds in his first service game of the fifth set! The Canadian looks just as fired up as he did in the last set, and he could take this match if he plays his cards right

Monday results: Serena Williams battled into the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday as top men's seeds Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev sailed through to the last eight at Flushing Meadows.

After Williams kept her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title alive, second seed Sofia Kenin was sent crashing out in the last 16 by Belgium's Elise Mertens.

Williams had to summon up every last ounce of strength to depose 15th seed Maria Sakkari in three hard-fought sets.

The 38-year-old American needed almost two and a half hours to dislodge her 25-year-old Greek opponent 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 inside an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

"She's such a good competitor. It was a really intense match," said Williams, who had been dumped out of a US Open tuneup tournament by the same opponent last month.

"I felt like she almost played better today. I was a little fatigued last time and had some cramps. Just felt like I was able to compete longer," Williams added.

There was little separating the players throughout the energy-sapping contest, with Williams notching 107 total points to Sakkari's 99.

Williams won 72 percent of points off her first serve while Sakkari won 73 percent. Sakkari also outdid Williams on aces, by 13 to 12.

Williams rallied from two games down in the deciding set, pumping herself up with loud screams that echoed around the spectator-free arena as she broke Sakkari twice to clinch the last-eight spot.

"I'm super passionate. This is my job. This is what I wake up to do. This is what I train to do 365 days of the year," Williams said afterwards.

The American will play Tsvetana Pironkova for a place in the semi-finals after the Bulgarian ousted France's Alize Cornet in another draining three-setter.

'Absolutely unreal'

Pironkova, playing her first tournament in three years after a lengthy break in which she gave birth to her son, prevailed 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

"It's absolutely unreal, I really can't believe it," said Pironkova, whose last tournament appearance before this year's US Open was the 2017 Wimbledon championships when she exited in the second round.

Mertens ousted Kenin, this year's Australian Open champion, 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 14 mins to set up a last-eight tie with former world number one Victoria Azarenka.

The Belarusian overcame 20th seed Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in 2hr 30min at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

In the men's draw, second-seeded Thiem raced into the round of eight with a three-set demolition of Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Thiem dismantled the 20-year-old 15th seed 7-6 (7/4), 6-1, 6-1 in 2hr 7min.

"I played a great match today, the best one from my whole America trip," said Thiem.

He will play Australia's 21st seed Alex de Minaur for a spot in the semi-finals after the Australian breezed past unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-2, in 2hr 17 min.

Third seed Medvedev blew away unseeded American France Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1, 6-0 in only 1hr 38 min.

"I'm pleased with the fact that I've won all of these sets and didn't have to stay long on the court. That's always good when you're playing a Grand Slam," said the Russian.

Medvedev will face compatriot Andrey Rublev for a spot in the last four after the 10th seed ousted Italy's sixth seed Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

The men's competition was blown wide open on Sunday after world number one Novak Djokovic was thrown out for accidentally hitting a line judge after smashing a ball in frustration during his last-16 match.

His departure means the US Open will this year produce a first-time Grand Slam winner in the men's competition.

Williams is seeking to equal Margaret Court's record for the most women's Grand Slam singles titles.

A tournament victory at the weekend would also see her break away from Chris Evert, on six titles, as the most decorated US Open champion of the women's game in the modern era.

With inputs from AFP.

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